University of Portland ranked 20th nationally among peer schools in number of Peace Corps volunteers


Awards and Rankings

February 19, 2015

University of Portland is ranked 20th nationally among its peer institutions in producing Peace Corps volunteers, according to a study released today. The University has regularly placed among the top 20 since 2010.

Currently, nine undergraduate alumni are serving in the Peace Corps. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, more than 200 alumni have served as volunteers. 

The University is one of two Portland-area schools to rank among the Top 25 nationally in any of the three classification groups – ‘small schools,’ ‘medium schools,’ and ‘large schools.’ University of Portland, with 3,680 undergraduate students, placed in the ‘small schools’ category along with Lewis & Clark College (tied for 20th with UP). View the complete 2015 rankings of the top 25 national schools in each undergraduate category here.

“Every year the Peace Corps unveils the upper echelon of colleges and universities that have distinguished themselves at the top of its volunteer producing schools,” said Peace Corps West Coast Regional Manager Erin Carlson. “We take enormous pride in recognizing the University of Portland as one of the 23 universities from the West Coast producing dedicated individuals who personify the Peace Corps mission of promoting world peace and friendship. We congratulate the University of Portland for joining the list of top schools this year."


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